Tuesday, April 1, 2014

About Blessings and Betrayal



Blessings
My grandfather was a praying man.   Countless time I found him in his living room reading the Bible when we visited his little home pink brick house in Louisville, Mississippi.   He died when I was 15, and I think I missed out on much losing him that early in my life.   What I did not miss out on, however, was the benefit of his prayers.   My family still reaps the benefits of his prayers prayed decades ago. 

Betrayal
No wonder my back hurts.   I think there’s a few knives back there.  I’d like to say I am immune to backbiters and busybodies, but I am not.   The Bible tells us to be good to them.  I can manage not being unkind…I hope that counts for something.  Having some Bible verses to quote in my head helps me when I want to dwell on the unfairness of the situation.

Back to Blessings
When I think about the above, the thing that helps me the most is being thankful for what I have.   I find thanking God for all He has given me, naming my blessings one by one really calms my mind.

Believe
Here’s an important detail…when you pray, believe.  If you are asking according to the Word of God, the make the choice to believe that you will have the petitions you have requested.

Bible
Memorize scripture.   It’s one of the best things you can do for your walk with Jesus.  It will help you get past betrayal, help you forgive, and bring you closer to the voice of God. 

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.
Proverbs 25:21-22




Yard Bud Peony photo 2013AtoZ-YardBud_zps7c895e3b.jpg
Peony bud in my yard
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Small Bridge, Natchez Trace Parkway, Southern Tennessee
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Budding Rose, Gatlinburg, TN
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Beaver Construction, Rock Springs on Natchez Trace, The Shoals
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Beaver Destruction


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Barn, Southern Tennessee (I think)

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Butterfly, UNA, Florence, Alabama
  

6 comments:

  1. Another great one! I think you do your best work under a deadline, LOL. I truly do agree to memorize scripture; we need to get God's word in our heart, penetrate our mind with it! Such pretty pictures (even if they might be recycled ones, which I'm not sure if these are or not).

    betty

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  2. Unlike you, I'm not a Christian writer and don't carry scriptures or anything of that sort in my head. As a serving soldier for many years I was able to witness first hand, many occasions of man's inhumanity to man. Most of it was on account of religion, so it put paid to all the years of prayer I went through as a youngster.
    Apart from that, I was impressed once again by the pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I appreciate your kindness. I am so very sorry about all you had to witness while serving, but I am so thankful to you that you served.

      ~Margaret

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  3. Betrayal. You know, it's a funny thing, betrayal is. I have found that the betrayer often feels justified in their actions and shocked that you'd think they betrayed YOU--you know, since you were the guilty party somehow.

    I'd give examples, but this is a comment section, not a full-length blog space. :}

    Hugs, Margaret.

    Deb

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  4. My eyes are betraying me. I thought your peony bud was an upclose praying mantis. Beautiful pics.

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